The Kansas City Chiefs dropped their fourth game in a row today, this time 41-34 to the Cleveland Browns. The Chiefs offense played their best overall game of the season but the defense was non-existent. Just like last week’s game against the Bills, this is one the Chiefs could have — and should have — won.
You know the drill at this point… Here are the best of the worst on offense, defense and special teams.
Offense: Matt Cassel
The Kansas City offense had their best outing of the season against Cleveland and Cassel was right in the middle putting together one of his better games. You could easily put Chris Chambers or Jamaal Charles here, both players that have continued to impress since earning starting jobs for the Chiefs.
Cassel gets the nod here for his unflappable approach even as his receivers continued to drop passes at an alarming rate. He was 22 of 40 for 331 yards, but could have easily had 5 or 6 more completions for another 75 yards. Considering how poorly he had been playing, it was that much more impressive to see him make only one truly terrible decision all day — an incompletion that should have been picked off – that luckily did not hurt the Chiefs.
As another losing Kansas City Chiefs season comes to a close, a strong finish from Cassel over the final month will go a long way towards easing nerves going into the offseason.
Defense: Brandon Flowers
After the embarrassing performance of the Chiefs defense against the run, there wasn’t any player along the front seven that belongs here. Sure, Demorrio Williams had 13 tackles but he was caught out of position on Jerome Harrison’s 71-yard touchdown run only offering only a weak arm tackle. Flowers, on the other hand, with the Chiefs down three in the third quarter made an athletic interception inside the Kansas City 10 yard line.
Flowers has been nursing a sore shoulder the past few weeks but has yet to let the injury hurt his play on the field.
Special Teams: Dustin Colquitt
Dusty sure knows how to put a bad day in his rear view mirror. After suffering through possibly the worst game of his career against Buffalo, Colquitt had a typically solid all around game. On a day where the Chiefs special teams were anything but special, he was a bright spot.
Colquitt added to his team record of punts inside the 20 with 3 more. And most important was that he made sure the always dangerous Josh Cribbs didn’t hurt the Chiefs on a return, something the kickoff coverage team couldn’t accomplish.